Stephen McCranie answers some students' questions, a quick Mal and Chad trilogy review, and (drum roll sound effect inserted here) a chance to WIN A SIGNED COPY OF A MAL AND CHAD BOOK!!!
Stephen McCranie Author/Illustrator Skype Visit! along with some student's versions of Mal and Chad :)
Picture Book Review/Some Student Art: Peter Brown's illustrations are "Creepy" for Aaron Reynold's "Carrot" Book
Maurice Sendak's book "Where the Wild Things Are" turns 50 this year so I thought it would be fun for the 2nd graders to design their own "Wild Things". We read the book and then the 2nd graders sketched out ideas for their "Wild Things" by combining 2+ different animals. Then, they learned about a form of art called printmaking and the following terms: Plate, Brayer, Ink, and Prints. If you ask a 2nd grader, they should be able to explain what makes printmaking different from drawing a picture :) You can see some of the great examples below :)
Should you read this?: I'll put it this way, people in the bookstore stopped and looked at me when I was reading this book because I was giggling so much.
Bedtime Story?: I would not read it at bedtime as your children might get wound up with all the laughing they will be doing.
Story Rating: Five out of Five Bananas as it is a hilariously well written story with excellent use of the page turn.
Art Rating: Four out of Five Paintbrushes as the art is simplistic, but really fits this story. The color of pages matches the character's mood perfectly. Oliver Jeffer's character drawings use basic shapes that my students can draw themselves without frustration. His artwork has a simplicity that I wish I could achieve. The reason I am not giving it Five out of Five Paintbrushes is I compare Oliver Jeffer's work to the likes of Tony Diterlizzi and David Weisner. The interesting thing is he does amazing realistic art as well. You can see it at his website that is listed below.
Grade/Age Level: ages 4 - 100
Can I find it in the Primary School Library? Yes, Ask Mrs. Pantzlaf and she will direct you to this glorious treat.
Check out his website at http://oliverjeffersworld.com or see some of his other artwork at http://www.oliverjeffers.com/
Halloween Costume Idea!: super easy...check this blog out for a "Stuck" themed halloween costume! http://www.smallfryblog.com/2013/10/14/homemade-no-sew-halloween-pt-1/
Publication Info [found at amazon.com]
I'M VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS BOOK!!!! It comes out on Oct. 22nd and I can't wait!
You can see some of the fun art and writing process at one of my favorite children's book websites, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. <--Click that Link!
I will give a book review for it sometime soon!
One of my favorite days of the school year is picture day. No, not because I want another picture of myself to hang on the wall but because every year I have come up with something a little "different" to wear for my picture. So while others are contemplating what color and outfit they should wear to look dashing (do people still use that word? Let's bring it back!), I'm trying to figure out something that people will think..."Whaaaat?" Stay Tuned...more to come :)